Late night party? Check; VIP guest list? Check; Drugs? Check; Alcohol? Check. This is what a typical celebs weekend is all about. Being high profile, stars are extremely prone to stress & anxiety. Given the ubiquity of drugs and alcohol, they fall prey to addiction just like a common person
We all know, “Addiction does not discriminate; it doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, famous or unknown, man or woman, or a child”. Tragic tales of celebrity overdoses affect their fans who not only feel entertained but also get inspired by their work.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, former host of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in a 2010 interview said. “Every weeknight for decades we’ve had celebrities on Loveline and given them surveys about their family, fame, upbringing, drug use. And the addiction rates are exactly what you’d see in society at large.”
Celebrating ‘National Recovery Month’, here we are with some of the very popular celebrities who rose to name, fame and success but succumbed to death due to their drug addiction.
The Unfortunate Sagas
1. Whitney Houston
The popular diva was scheduled to appear at Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy party, but she never made it. She was found dead in the bathtub of her hotel room. The vocalist ingested Flexeril, Xanax, cocaine, marijuana and fell into a sleep which had no return.
2. Cory Monteith
After enjoying an evening out with friends, The Glee star died on July 13, 2013, at the young age of 31. The reason behind his death was a mixture of heroin and champagne.
3. Marilyn Monroe
This sensual beauty is who widely talked about even today. Marilyn Monroe died from a barbiturate overdose on August 5, 1962.
4. Michael Jackson
Known as the King of Pop, Jackson kept his prescription drug habit hidden. Dying of cardiac arrest due to an acute propofol and benzodiazepines intoxication, he left the world mourning.
5. Heath Ledger
After finishing his dark role as the Joker in the Batman saga, The Dark Knight, this amazing actor was found dead due to a combination of prescription sleeping pills, pain killers and anti-anxiety drugs. He was only 28.
And this tragic list is longer than you can think of. We are sure you won’t ever want to join their league even in your worst nightmare. Well, on that note, let’s now talk about celebs who stood strong and overcame their addiction.
1. Angeline Jolie
Hollywood’s one of the most glamorous actress and internationally acclaimed humanitarian, Jolie fell in the grip of severe heroin addiction. Fortunately, she took help and got out through the horrible days.
2. Brad Pitt
In 2011, this dashing superstar told a leading magazine that he spent much of the 90’s ‘sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out.’ Realizing things going unfavorable, he sorted his life out.
3. Zac Efron
The young heartthrob in his own words confessed, “I was drinking a lot, way too much. It’s never one specific thing. I mean, you’re in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know? Everything is thrown at you.” After two rehab stints, the star is back to stable life.
4. Daniel Radcliffe
The very handsome actor in an interview said, “boozing had been ‘unhealthy and damaging’ to my body and my social life.” He added: “I was a recluse at 20. It was pathetic – it wasn’t me. I’m a fun, polite person, and it turned me into a rude bore.” He has gone completely teetotal since 2010.
5. Lady Gaga
In her 20’s, she took quite a fair bit of cocaine. Later, the sensational singer developed a weed addiction. Gaga fell victim to smoking 20 marijuana cigarettes a day. Thankfully, with the support of Elton John she got herself towards recovery.
Apart from these, many other stars have given up on drugs & alcohol to live a happy & contended life.
Stars Who Lost Their Looks
A number of gorgeous divas and handsome hunks lost their undeniably killer looks to substance abuse. Some of them are:
1. Kate Moss
2. Lindsay Lohan
3. Pamela Anderson
4. Macaulay Culkin
5. Amy Winehouse
6. Edward Furlong
And the list continues…
So, this was all about today’s post on substance use. We urge you not to copy stars who lost their lives; instead, follow those who tackled it all and emerged out as winners.
Hey! Did you miss our previous blogs on substance abuse? Here they are:
DRUG ABUSE: 9 REASONS PEOPLE GET HOOKED
LIGHTING THE DARKNESS : GRAVE EFFECTS & CONSEQUENCES OF DRUG ADDICTION
Reading our next blog on “Healthy Ways to Overcome Drug & Alcohol Addiction”